Development Contributions and Financial Contributions Policy
The 2018 Policy is an update of the 2015 Policy. There have been some key changes to the policy which are listed below:
- The structure of the policy has been modified to provide a more customer-centric policy.
- The standard updates have been made to the policy including the application of actual capital expenditure over the past three years and inclusion of the latest LTP capital budgets. In most areas, these updates have resulted in increases in the development contribution. Most noticeably in water and wastewater due to higher costs budgeted for treatment upgrades.
- The timing of payment has been simplified to provide greater administrative efficiency and provide certainty for developers.
- The roading development contributions for non-residential developments have been altered to provide a more appropriate allocation of the growth costs.
- Additional land use categories for campgrounds and retirement villages have been added to the policy to provide simpler administration of the policy.
- The remission for additional residential dwellings on dairy farm developments has been removed. The development contribution for a dairy farm includes just the additional demand created by the change in land use and excludes any additional residential activity.
Why do we charge Development Contributions?
Reductions or waivers of Development Contributions
- 50% reduction on the roading contribution for each new residential, rural-residential or accommodation development
- 50% reduction on the Ohau water supply for any Ohau properties paying a water half-charge
- 50% reduction on Moeraki wastewater for any Moeraki properties paying a wastewater half-charge
When payment needs to be made
- Residential development includes the following land uses; residential, rural residential, family flat.
- Non-residential development includes the following land uses; accommodation, retirement village, campground, primary industry-dairy, commercial and industrial.
- Resource consent (subdivision) at the time of applying for an s224(c) certificate.
- Where the full development contribution has not been paid at resource consent stage, then development contributions will be payable at building consent or service connection.
- Where a building consent will be required for a development, no contribution will be sought at any initial stage resource consent stage. The full development contribution will be required at building consent.
- Where a building consent will not be required (eg land use consent), then a development contribution will be assessed at resource consent stage.
- Actual credits will apply to those subdivisions or developments where contributions have been paid under this or a previous policy.
- Existing activities will be given credit based on the Household Equivalent Units (HEU’s) assessed in terms of the relevant unit (ie GFA, dwelling, accommodation units) prior to redevelopment. A development contribution will only be levied if the redevelopment creates additional demand.
Reconsiderations and objections
- The Development Contribution was incorrectly calculated or assessed under the Policy; or
- The Council incorrectly applied its Development Contribution Policy; or
- The information used to assess your development against the Policy, or the way the Council has recorded or used it when requiring a Development Contribution, was incomplete or contained errors.
- The appropriate Council officer shall review the reconsideration request.
- The Council officer may request further relevant information from the applicant.
- The Council officer will make a recommendation in a report for consideration by the delegated authority.
- Council will, within 15 working days after the day one which it receives all required relevant information relating to a request, give written a notice of the outcome of its reconsideration to the person who made the request.
Process for an objection to a development contribution assessment
An objection must be made within 15 working days after the date of receiving notice of the level of development contribution or the date on which the person receives notice of the outcome of reconsideration.